Hat Yai | Thailand

Bodhisattva Guan Yin Shrine Hat Yai

Family Thailand Tour 2020

Hat Yai | Thailand

27 Jan 2020 | Mon

Day 02 of 18

  • Bodhisattva Guan Yin Shrine Hat Yai
  • Hat Yai Cable Car
  • Four Faces Buddha Temple San Phra Phrom Hat Yai
  • Standing Buddha Temple Phra Buddha Mongkol Maharaj
  • Wat Laem Pho Ko Yo Island
  • Monthathip Seafood Songkhla
  • Golden Mermaid Statue Songkhla
  • Phra Maha Chedi Tripob Trimongkol Hat Yai
  • Hat Yai City Night Market

Bodhisattva Guan Yin Shrine Hat Yai

Bodhisattva Guan Yin Shrine Hat Yai is one of the more popular shrines in Thailand (part of Hat Yai Municipal Park). It is located in Hat Yai, a city in the southern part of Thailand. Every year, thousands of people from all over Thailand and other countries come to visit the shrine.

Bodhisattva Guan Yin Shrine Hat Yai

The shrine is dedicated to Bodhisattva Guan Yin, a popular deity in Chinese Buddhism. She is the Bodhisattva of Compassion and is also known as the “Goddess of Mercy”. It is a place of worship for both Buddhists and Taoists. The shrine is located on a hill near the city center and is surrounded by a beautiful garden. Visitors can also find smaller statues of other Buddhist deities, as well as a variety of shrines and temples.

The Bodhisattva Guan Yin Shrine is open daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm, and admission is free.

Guanyin is a Bodhisattva associated with compassion. She is the East Asian representation of Avalokiteśvara and has been adopted by other Eastern religions including Chinese folk religion. She was first given the appellation of “Goddess of Mercy” or “Mercy Goddess” by Jesuit missionaries in China. Guanyin is short for Guanshiyin, which means “(The One Who) Perceives the Sounds of the World.” On the 19th day of the sixth lunar month, Guanyin’s attainment of Buddhahood is celebrated.

Some Buddhists believe that when one of their adherents departs from this world, they are placed by Guanyin in the heart of a lotus, and then sent to the western pure land of Sukhāvatī. Guanyin is often referred to as the “most widely beloved Buddhist Divinity” with miraculous powers to assist all those who pray to her, as is mentioned in the Pumen chapter of Lotus Sutra and Kāraṇḍavyūha Sūtra.

There are several pilgrimage centers for Guanyin in East Asia. Putuoshan is the main pilgrimage site in China. There is a 33 temple Guanyin pilgrimage in Korea which includes Naksansa. In Japan, there are several pilgrimages associated with Guanyin. The oldest one of them is the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage, a pilgrimage through 33 temples with Guanyin shrines. Guanyin is beloved by most Buddhist traditions in a nondenominational way and found in most Tibetan temples under the name Chenrézik (Wylie: Spyan ras gzigs). Guanyin is also beloved and worshipped in the temples in Nepal. The Hiranya Varna Mahavihar located in Patan is one example. Guanyin is also found in some influential Theravada temples such as Gangaramaya Temple, Kelaniya and Natha Devale nearby Temple of the Tooth in Sri Lanka; Guanyin can also be found in Thailand’s Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Huay Pla Kang (where the huge statue of her is often mistakenly called the “Big Buddha”) and Burma’s Shwedagon Pagoda. Statues of Guanyin are a widely depicted subject of Asian art and found in the Asian art sections of most museums in the world.

– Wikipedia Guanyin

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